The Federal Restaurant & Bar
The Federal Restaurant & Bar

The Federal Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://thefederalrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (413) 789-1267
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 8:30pm, Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Presnal
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: When the Federal caters, our reputation travels with us, whether to a dinner for fifteen or a wedding party of 300. The Federal brings the same exacting standard to every detail of your event, be it a graduation party, wedding, or business luncheon. Total event planning is also available – to your specifications, of course.
  • Private Party Facilities: The elegant and relaxed atmosphere of the Federal Restaurant can be reserved for weddings, special events, corporate functions, private parties and private luncheons. The restaurant offers different sized rooms for private gatherings. The largest room accommodates seventy guests and the smallest accommodates up to fifteen. no additional fee is attached to table service or menu in these rooms. The staff of the Federal will make every effort to procure your desired audio or visual equipment for business presentations if requested at least two days in advance.
  • Private Party Contact: Cristina Presnal 4137891267
  • Entertainment: Live Music in the bar every Friday & Saturday night

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from The Federal Restaurant & Bar
Built by Samuel Converse in 1862, the impressive Greek revival structure at 135 Cooper Street in Agawam, Massachusetts became home to the Federal Hill Club in 1936. under the management of its owners the Moretti family, that establishment remained a premiere restaurant for over fifty years. The Federal's current owners Michael Presnal and Ralph Santaniello easily integrate the white linen elegance of that bygone era with a fresh and innovative "new american" cuisine that is perfectly prepared and impeccably served. strong Italian and French influences inspire the contemporary culinary style of Chef Presnal in dishes such as his red beet risotto, burnt tangerine glazed cod, and white-chocolate panna cotta. The Federal is dressed up as a special occasion restaurant, but is sociable and affordable enough for every occasion. It enjoys a dedicated following of appreciative diners from New York to Boston.
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The Federal Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (87)fit for foodies (68)romantic (67)notable wine list (38)neighborhood gem (34)good for groups (29)vibrant bar scene (18)hot spot (17)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • This place has the best food around... amazing.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We love this place one of the best food places going... even outside of the area. They have unique food offerings to stimulate the palette. Really love the ambiance, decor, bar scene and Christina, one of the owners, is always walking around making sure you are happy and satisfied. Triple thumbs up!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    This was my first time dining there even though i live in town. Great'd and sat for our reservation promptly. Service was okay but not attentive to what I would have expected. overall competent but not the wow i would have thought. Appetizers were Fantastic !! pear salad was one & other was a chef special forgive me for not remember the name but it was mouth watering. Entree's were also just excellent i had another chef special Bone marrow, king crab legs with a pork medley is the best i can describe and garlic bread was Fantastic really enjoyed it.. Last was dessert Wife had a banana something she loved it i had the Pot brownie explains why i can't remember loved it.. Now the reason i didn't give it more stars.. Table was right next too server station we could have punched in our own orders not very romantic.. also plain black walls not very pleasing on the eyes.. Price is on the expensive side but quality food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic and romantic
    Althea
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    This is a classic, elegant restaurant with a nice bar and dining room perfect for date night. The dining room was a little loud, so we opted for the bar. The cocktails were delicious and they are known for the risotto balls appetizer, which did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heaven in Agawam???
    MillersVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food and service were absolutely wonderful. I would never ever think a restaurant of this caliber would be located in Agawam.. Foie gras, lobster, scallops and chowder were all creative and delicious. If we are ever in the area we will most certainly return...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My wife and I went for our anniversary. The table was a little oversized for just the two of us so we felt far away from each other, which detracted from the romance a little. Otherwise great ambiance. My wife ordered an appetizer that was called a salad of some sort but was basically blobs of cheese with a little garnish. Otherwise good food and very attentive service. Love this place...definitely in my top 3 in Western Mass.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Our favorite restaurant by far. Have been to the federal many times and never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellant Excellant Excellant !
    Robert
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Excellant that's all I can say. Everything was perfect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Springfield surprise
    DSdinerVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Really enjoyed dinner last weekend...we had a party of 4 and everything was excellent...all the way from the table being ready to the food preparation! Highly recommend!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great food and restaurant. The service was a little slow at the end, but the food is worth it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    Luv2Eat
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The Federal is, by far, one of the best restaurants in western Massachusetts. The service is perfect, the food fabulous and the atmosphere is wonderful. It is evident that they take pride in all elements of the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cityguy
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Great romantic spot in what it seemed to be a quiet neighborhood. The service was excellent and they had a nice wine list. My food on the other hand was ok. Lobster seemed a bit on the dry side, which is unfortunate for the money we paid for our meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a perfect meal
    Sweet84732
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We go to the Federal for all of our special occasions because we know that we will always have a perfect meal. The ambiance and background music is great and so are the servers and of course all of the food. My only complaint is that I was told my favorite dish, truffled Mac and cheese with short ribs will be off the menu! So disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tone it down!
    Damian
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The menu offered ample choices and the food was well prepared, tasty and creative and we received excellent service. A definite improvement in the decor from last year - the dowdiness factor has been dealt with. Unfortunately, the noise level was so loud it was almost impossible to hear our waiter without cupping our ears or forcing her to lean in so close that we nearly kissed. I'd hesitate to suggest this place to anyone looking for an intimate or romantic dinner. Which is unfortunate, since they would be missing out on a great meal — unless, of course, you consider having to converse by yelling at each other as an intimate conversation. Perhaps, they should find a way to segregate larger groups of diners from couples.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fromsuffield
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Another great meal at the "Fed." This is a great gem in Agawam. We brought another couple there for the first time and they loved every part of the meal. The friday night music in the bar is always one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Risotto
    MediumRare
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Just stick to the staples o the menu. The waiter provided average service at best, Filet was Overcooked, and waiter didn't care to ask, I was not willing to wait another hour for a filet mignon cooked as ordered. But the previous four times the staff and chefs were on point, so I chalk it up to a off night.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 110% worth the drive
    morecheezpleez
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We heard about the Federal from a friend and decided we had waited long enough to try it out. I was a tad skeptical, because if it wasn't a great place, we would have driven 90 minutes for nothing, and we would have had another 90 minutes to drive back. This place was fantastic from start to finish. Our server was always smiling and made us feel at home. The food was some of the best I have ever had. Simply put, we had a great time. We won't be back anytime soon due to how far away we are, but rest assured, The Federal is a place we will be sure to frequent for years to come. Keep up the great work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a suggestion.
    notsofrequent
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Don't arrive early for your reservation. You can't get into the bar. Even though the hostess pleasantly suggests you get a drink while you are waiting. It was packed and there were not enough bar servers to ask and only 2 bartenders that were so busy they didn't even look up if you were standing there. There should be a waitress to offer to get you one. But you definitely did not have enough staff for that option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday night dinner
    love2dineout
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our server, Sarah, was excellent and attentive. The food was very good. The table we had and ambiance was also very nice. We enjoyed the evening out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • EleniB49
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We always pick your restaurant for our most special occasions, definitely birthdays, anniversaries and if we have special guests, working associates &/or family visiting. The food is outstanding and your staff is more than inviting and attentive. Our Server was Sarah R and more than courteous, energetic, very knowledgeable on the menu, specials and catered to our every need, we did celebrate a birthday, it was relaxing and fun. We will definitely be back when we need that special attention and pampering. God bless and thanks for listening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad service~!
    mememe
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was good! Service was terrible. Wated for drinks for quite a while both times.Was never served bread. Waitress rushing us. Host came by to ask how things were. Did not want to tell him the issue we were having while we were still being served. Meal 190.00 plus 17%
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Lovely Decore
    EnjoyingLiife
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Always enjoy the food and service, and with the newly renovated space, it's truly lovely to dine among the colors and lights. Nicely done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food ever
    MarkB
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I have never had one bite of food here that wasn't perfect. The pace is slow, so don't be in a hurry. The new decor is nice if a bit bland. There isn't a single poultry dish offered. But what is offered is all superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Surprise
    Misha
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Just passing through, we saw the Open Table entry and decided to give it a try. We were pleasantly surprised. The bucket of balls was scrumptious and the zucchini stick appetizer was innovative. Entrees were good but the shrimp far divolo was a bit salty for our tastes. We were satiated by dessert time but did nibble on the complimentary spun sugar.Definitely worth a repeat!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Service
    FirstVisit
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I went here on my anniversary, and the staff made me feel so special. I didn't tell them I was there for my anniversary, but I still received a complimentary appetizer, along with a free dessert at the end of my meal. All of the food was delicious, and absolutely worth the price for the taste and the atmosphere. The staff is incredibly professional. As my waitress was telling me about the specials, she went as far as to tell me the exact steps the chefs went through in order to prepare the meal. She had also had every item on the menu, so she was experienced enough to know every detail. I will absolutely be coming back, and encourage others to visit The Federal as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • gourmet menu
    winendine
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We got the bar tab served to us before our drinks arrived at the table. The bar was busy but our drinks were sitting up on the bar for a long time. By the time we went to our table we had to carry our full drinks past all the bar crowd--not easy in high heels on thick carpet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice change
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Hadn't been to the restaurant in over 25 years and was very pleased with remodeling and decorating changes. Was glad I was in the smaller room which was a bit more intimate. Excellent food and service! Would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful!
    TraceyL
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Everything was delicious! My husband and I shared the bucket of balls, those were amazing. He also got the fried New England clam chowder and couldn't stop raving about it. We both just got pasta meals, I ordered the Mac and Cheese and my husband got the Chicken Bolognese. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out with friends
    PatM
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We went to the Federal for a night out with old friends. The food was great and so was the service. We love going to the Federal - especially for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • exquisite
    foodie965
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Great service. Great food. Poor acoustics. When restaurant was full it was very loud making it difficult to have a conversation with people at table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great dining, every time ... at the top of our list in North Central CT & MA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Allons-y!!
    fhqwghads
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    A definite gem! All of our dishes were perfect (tuna carpaccio, braised ribs, lamb, and coconut creme carmel), and the service and atmosphere were terrific as well. Great for a date or if you want to eat exquisitely prepared food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing place for a special date...
    markml
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My girlfriend was visiting for a week, and I wanted to take her somewhere special on our last night together. She said she had the most amazing food here that she's ever eaten in her life!!! The couple we were next to was a little noisy, but overall, the vibe was perfect for a romantic evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food need a new decorator
    Chippy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have not eaten here in a long time. We're given a gift card and loved the food !! From the gratis rice balls to the cotton candy! The atmosphere needs improvement. Next time we will sit in the bar. I can't wait to go back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only One Federal
    KenB
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food was awesome as always and the service, outstanding . Just love going to The Federal it is the very best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exquisite Cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The food was out of this world. My husband and I ordered the Federal Tasting which consisted of 7 courses the chef selected. Each mouth watering course had elegant presentation. The service was professional and respectful. This was our first time at The Federal, we can't wait to experience your lovely restaurant again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place
    PapermanVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food is great and the service is just perfect. The tomato's and other veggies from their on property garden is just fantastic. One of the best places to eat in Western Mass.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good meal at the Federal in Agawam
    DontWant2Cook
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very good, interesting food combinations, and use of less common spices (zahtar, harrisa). Some comfort food, but upscale, like macaroni and cheese with black truffles. We had two different scallop dishes. My scollops were accompanied by a piece of pork belly. They had a very unusual curry, not just the usual blend with turmeric. Not sure what all was in it. Mary had divers scollops with articokes and a black olive butter. Good food and I really like the unusual pairings, but only 4 stars because both scallop dishes had too much salt. The decor need something. It's black and plain, with fabric scrims over the ceiling lights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food terrific, everything else needs attention. Waiter pleasant but overworked and wait times for orders much too long. Drinks order should be taken immediately, then served. Bar misunderstood Gibson for Gimlet, took ten minutes to correct. AC too cold. Noise level made table conversation impossible.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Murphy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food was incredible like a party in your mouth. .The service was great, felt like we were the only diners. I'd definitely go back there and share with my friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Very nice experience to celebrate our 43rd. From the beautiful table setting with crisp white linen cloth with contrasting black napkins that followed the overall black/white décor theme to the white votive candles lit for ambiance, this surely is one of the great romantic dining venues. Sara was an excellent waitress with her friendly, accommodating, and professional demeanor. The food was spectacular from the description by Sara and the menu to the delightful flavors and presentation. Impressed with having garden fresh tomatoes and herbs grown right outside. Our main courses filled us too full for dessert much to our dismay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.